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The Ploughmans Cottage

East End, Hampshire

  • 6-8 + 4 kids + 2 babies
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

++++++ SUMMER OFFER DATES +++++++

31 Aug to 3rd Sept. 3 nights. £1300

The Ploughmans Cottage is a family friendly, pet friendly holiday cottage in East End, a pretty hamlet, near Lymington in the New Forest.

This house is 2 parts stretch-limo-living and 2 parts ‘the good life’…1km from the beach… It’s designed to be a relaxing, interesting family base from which to conduct marvellous ‘Swallows and Amazons’ adventures – for the all the family.

Many guests celebrate 70th/80th birthdays and come for family escapes.

Next door, the gastro pub The East End Arms is perfect for special family meals, or those who need to escape to ‘walk the dog’ and have time out with the papers!

The beach here is sand, shingle and silt for the salt marshes.

In 2014 Ploughmans was No. 2 in The Times Travel supplement for Best Family Self-Catering in their Castles, Cottages and Cabins article.

Inside is colourful, eccentric, home-from-home and designed for easy-living. This also goes for our ‘Shed’ with its four-poster bed across the garden. We are especially set up for families with children under 5 and welcome dogs too. The kitchen gets all the morning sun, great for lazy, sunny breakfasts with an ‘old skool’ coffee pot – wind back the kitchen wall doors and let the birdsong flood in.

What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…The kids triple bunk bedroom has some quirks – the top ‘bunk’ is a mattress on the mezzanine of the second floor. It is reached by a staircase ladder and is as high as the ceiling so this bed will not be suitable for your group if you have young children but probably will be where they’ll want to sleep! There is a wooden railing to help stop people falling from the platform but it is high. The second bunk is also higher than normal – so not suitable for small children. The sitting room and kitchen really only seat 7 and 8 comfortably. Bigger groups will have to do two meal sittings. In summer it’s easier because the outside table seats 8 too. Please don’t think it’s a ‘big party house’, we only accept mixed groups with children and older guests as we are in a village setting and need to be careful of noise for neighbours.

Just across the garden, the eccentric and rustic-chic ‘Shed’ has a big draw…its bed; an ornate, white-curtained four-poster affair with not one, but two mattresses.  There is a little wood-burner here, mini fridge and the living room door folds right back to let the garden in. When the sun is out open these doors for a very effective sun-trap. The Shed also has a bunk room and a shower room too.

Outside the garden has been designed for children under 9s, with dens, several twigloos, tunnels, outdoor toys but it’s our glorious mini gypsy caravan which is the show-stopper for cuteness. Drag and drop it around the garden. Position it by the big kitchen window if you want to be able to read your Sunday paper in peace. For those who want to bring horses, there are also two stables with concrete standing and a gravel yard.

Family

Children are especially welcome. The garden has been designed for toddlers to explore and play. It is fully enclosed. There is a marshmallow brazier for kids to use – or take to the beach. Two cots and highchairs are available. Older family members are also well catered for. There are only 2 steps downstairs. There are very good viewing options of grandchildren in the garden. Dens, tunnels, mini Gypsy Van (under 8s can stand in it). There are a few garden games. Crabbing kit – go to Lymington Quay – is provided for you.

Best for…

70th and 80th birthdays and families with grannies and small children in tow. There is space for people who need quiet to escape in The Shed and the garden is enclosed to let kids play. The pub next door is superb for food.

What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…

The kids triple bunk bedroom has some quirks – the top ‘bunk’ is a mattress on the mezzanine of the second floor. It is reached by a staircase ladder and is as high as the ceiling so this bed will not be suitable for your group if you have young children but probably will be where they’ll want to sleep! There is a wooden railing to help stop people falling from the platform but it is high. The second bunk is also higher than normal – so not suitable for small children.

The sitting room and kitchen really only seat 7 and 8 comfortably. Bigger groups will have to do two meal sittings. In summer it’s easier because the outside table seats 8 too.

Please don’t think it’s a ‘big party house’, we only accept mixed groups with children and older guests as we are in a village setting and need to be careful of noise for neighbours.

Accessibility

The house is suitable for less mobile folk. There are two bedrooms downstairs and a walk in shower room with some handles. But there are a few things we want to point out so you’re not surprised when you arrive.

  • The kitchen floor is split level, only 6″ but it may not suit some.
  • The downstairs bedrooms have access to a shower room and not a bath room, that is upstairs. There are no hand-rails on the stairs.
  • The house is entered via a porch which has a step up of 10″ and another step of 10″ into the boot room. There are smaller steps by the front door access. The doors in the house are NOT wide enough for wheelchairs. (Gins Barn is).
  • The downstairs shower room has a walk-in shower with a small 3″ lip into the shower itself.

So if you are organising a group with less mobile people then read our ideas (and tested excursions) here in our blog ‘Holidaying with less mobile folk? Here’s where to go, what to do!’

And if you are organising a celebration for those in their 60’s + please visit our blog post ‘Four easy ideas for memorable 60th, 70th & 80th birthdays’

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What makes this special...

For fun, stick all the kids in a wheelbarrow and cart them to the beach – it’s about 1km on quiet lanes. Forage for wood when you’re there – there’s a brazier in the garden for toasting marshmallows on. Put it and granny in the car and watch the sunset.

Or how about the little kids hosting ‘tea parties’ for grannies from the Gypsy Wagon? It’s super safe at home, they can’t escape – the garden is enclosed!

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Sleeping...

  • Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed with ensuite shower room
  • Bedroom 2 : Kingsize bed
  • Bedroom 3 : Single bed (downstairs)
  • Bedroom 4 : Triple bunk beds (downstairs)
  • Bedroom 5 : Four poster double bed (The Shed)
  • Bedroom 6 : Bunk beds (The Shed)
  • Floorplan : Click to view

Bathrooms...

  • One : Shower room (downstairs)
  • Two : Ensuite shower room
  • Three : Shower room (The Shed)

All the rest...

  • Garden : Large enclosed garden great for kids exploring adventures and with its own mini Gypsy caravan.
  • Kitchen : Range cooker / SMEG Fridge Freezer / Washing machine
  • Mod Cons : Speakers provided, 23″ TV with Freeview TV / DVD player and good DVD selection
  • Keeping Connected : WiFi (sometimes slow) and mobile signal is not good at the house - but it is by the pub!
  • Parking : Up to 5 cars
  • Pets : Horses and dogs welcome. Yard can be cleared for horses. Grazing can be arranged. Dogs welcome - the garden is enclosed.
  • Arrival & Departure : For week long stays arrive Monday or Friday. Short stays usually arrive Mon & Friday.
    Arrival from 3.30pm and departures by 10am

What we love

Read our Insiders Guides to the area…

Lymington, 3 miles away, has a fabulous Saturday market, great shopping and extensive coastal walking. Read the Insiders Guide to Lymington here. 

Tanners Lane, the nearest beach: 1 mile away and fabulous for wild walks, dog days and exploring kids.  Read our blog about Tanners Lane here. 

For more ideas for enjoying the area, places to eat and see, read our blog for more ideas.

Including: ‘Swallows and Amazons’ days out along the shore, wild games of hide and seek at Hurst Castle, gentle walks with prams down by the Beaulieu River.  Love water parks? The Saltwater Pools in Lymington are unmissable for families in the summer. Dog owners, read our dog walk guide here.

theLocation...

Lymington is often in The Times ‘Top 10 places to live in the UK’.  Obviously we are totally biased and agree. It is marvellous. The quality of life here is very good. The town is surrounded by National Park to the north, coastal otherwise. There is a good mix of industry (boats) and retail. Less obvious is the connection to the rural workings of the National Park itself.

The community here is very diverse in it’s interests and the town really does make sure that everyone is catered to…it is always busy with something going on from the Saturday market to St Barbe Museum, with multiple play parks and of course cafe and restaurants galore. And if you manage to get through all that, then you could always jump on the ferry to the Isle of Wight – just a short 30 minute journey across the Solent.

top picksTo do whilst you're here...

  • Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
    Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

    A spectacular 200 acre site that you can wander around or take a ride on the 12 1/4 inch gauge Steam Railway – a favourite for all ages!

    Dogs are welcome. Good parking. Mostly level tracks on good gravel or tarmac. You can hire mobility vehicles here too.

    Make sure you stop for tea and cake in Mr Eddy’s Tea rooms and check for the seasonal events on their website.

  • Lymington Sea Water Baths
    Lymington Sea Water Baths

    Open over the summer months, this place is an eccentric joy. The water is cold, so hire a wetsuit or brave it. You can swim or go mad on the 110 metres floating obstacle course (bit like Top Gear on water) – perfect for teens. There is also a smaller splash pool and sand pit for little kids. Good changing room options and fabulous ice cream too. Charges are very reasonable.

    Remember, New Forest Escapees receive one free coffee for each group from the kiosk too!

    For opening time and entry charges visit their website.

  • Tanners Lane Beach
    Tanners Lane Beach

    A local hide out, Tanners lane beach is great for walks, wild play, pooh sticks from the bridge and dog walks. You can walk from here toward Lymington. The walk is mostly seaside and meanders along the coast past a large freshwater lake. The area is fantastic for picnics in summer and go past the main beach and you probably won’t see anyone.

    Wild Swimming rate the area for a summer swim. Check their website here.

    No website here, just speak to one of our team and make sure you check the tide times on the link.

We're local, and if you have questions,
need ideas or want advice
we're on hand to help...

Call us on +44 (0) 1590 462005

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The Ploughmans Cottage

East End, Hampshire

++++++ SUMMER OFFER DATES +++++++

31 Aug to 3rd Sept. 3 nights. £1300

The Ploughmans Cottage is a family friendly, pet friendly holiday cottage in East End, a pretty hamlet, near Lymington in the New Forest.

This house is 2 parts stretch-limo-living and 2 parts ‘the good life’…1km from the beach… It’s designed to be a relaxing, interesting family base from which to conduct marvellous ‘Swallows and Amazons’ adventures – for the all the family.

Many guests celebrate 70th/80th birthdays and come for family escapes.

Next door, the gastro pub The East End Arms is perfect for special family meals, or those who need to escape to ‘walk the dog’ and have time out with the papers!

The beach here is sand, shingle and silt for the salt marshes.

In 2014 Ploughmans was No. 2 in The Times Travel supplement for Best Family Self-Catering in their Castles, Cottages and Cabins article.

Inside is colourful, eccentric, home-from-home and designed for easy-living. This also goes for our ‘Shed’ with its four-poster bed across the garden. We are especially set up for families with children under 5 and welcome dogs too. The kitchen gets all the morning sun, great for lazy, sunny breakfasts with an ‘old skool’ coffee pot – wind back the kitchen wall doors and let the birdsong flood in.

What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…The kids triple bunk bedroom has some quirks – the top ‘bunk’ is a mattress on the mezzanine of the second floor. It is reached by a staircase ladder and is as high as the ceiling so this bed will not be suitable for your group if you have young children but probably will be where they’ll want to sleep! There is a wooden railing to help stop people falling from the platform but it is high. The second bunk is also higher than normal – so not suitable for small children. The sitting room and kitchen really only seat 7 and 8 comfortably. Bigger groups will have to do two meal sittings. In summer it’s easier because the outside table seats 8 too. Please don’t think it’s a ‘big party house’, we only accept mixed groups with children and older guests as we are in a village setting and need to be careful of noise for neighbours.

Just across the garden, the eccentric and rustic-chic ‘Shed’ has a big draw…its bed; an ornate, white-curtained four-poster affair with not one, but two mattresses.  There is a little wood-burner here, mini fridge and the living room door folds right back to let the garden in. When the sun is out open these doors for a very effective sun-trap. The Shed also has a bunk room and a shower room too.

Outside the garden has been designed for children under 9s, with dens, several twigloos, tunnels, outdoor toys but it’s our glorious mini gypsy caravan which is the show-stopper for cuteness. Drag and drop it around the garden. Position it by the big kitchen window if you want to be able to read your Sunday paper in peace. For those who want to bring horses, there are also two stables with concrete standing and a gravel yard.

Family

Children are especially welcome. The garden has been designed for toddlers to explore and play. It is fully enclosed. There is a marshmallow brazier for kids to use – or take to the beach. Two cots and highchairs are available. Older family members are also well catered for. There are only 2 steps downstairs. There are very good viewing options of grandchildren in the garden. Dens, tunnels, mini Gypsy Van (under 8s can stand in it). There are a few garden games. Crabbing kit – go to Lymington Quay – is provided for you.

Best for…

70th and 80th birthdays and families with grannies and small children in tow. There is space for people who need quiet to escape in The Shed and the garden is enclosed to let kids play. The pub next door is superb for food.

What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…

The kids triple bunk bedroom has some quirks – the top ‘bunk’ is a mattress on the mezzanine of the second floor. It is reached by a staircase ladder and is as high as the ceiling so this bed will not be suitable for your group if you have young children but probably will be where they’ll want to sleep! There is a wooden railing to help stop people falling from the platform but it is high. The second bunk is also higher than normal – so not suitable for small children.

The sitting room and kitchen really only seat 7 and 8 comfortably. Bigger groups will have to do two meal sittings. In summer it’s easier because the outside table seats 8 too.

Please don’t think it’s a ‘big party house’, we only accept mixed groups with children and older guests as we are in a village setting and need to be careful of noise for neighbours.

Accessibility

The house is suitable for less mobile folk. There are two bedrooms downstairs and a walk in shower room with some handles. But there are a few things we want to point out so you’re not surprised when you arrive.

So if you are organising a group with less mobile people then read our ideas (and tested excursions) here in our blog ‘Holidaying with less mobile folk? Here’s where to go, what to do!’

And if you are organising a celebration for those in their 60’s + please visit our blog post ‘Four easy ideas for memorable 60th, 70th & 80th birthdays’

all theEssential details...

Sleeping...

  • Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed with ensuite shower room
  • Bedroom 2 : Kingsize bed
  • Bedroom 3 : Single bed (downstairs)
  • Bedroom 4 : Triple bunk beds (downstairs)
  • Bedroom 5 : Four poster double bed (The Shed)
  • Bedroom 6 : Bunk beds (The Shed)

Bathrooms...

  • One : Shower room (downstairs)
  • Two : Ensuite shower room
  • Three : Shower room (The Shed)

All the rest...

  • Garden : Large enclosed garden great for kids exploring adventures and with its own mini Gypsy caravan.
  • Kitchen : Range cooker / SMEG Fridge Freezer / Washing machine
  • Mod Cons : Speakers provided, 23″ TV with Freeview TV / DVD player and good DVD selection
  • Keeping Connected : WiFi (sometimes slow) and mobile signal is not good at the house - but it is by the pub!
  • Parking : Up to 5 cars
  • Pets : Horses and dogs welcome. Yard can be cleared for horses. Grazing can be arranged. Dogs welcome - the garden is enclosed.
  • Arrival & Departure : For week long stays arrive Monday or Friday. Short stays usually arrive Mon & Friday.
    Arrival from 3.30pm and departures by 10am

We're local, and if you have questions,
need ideas or want advice
we're on hand to help...

Call us on +44 (0) 1590 462005